Picture Books Published in April we are Looking Forward to Reading

Books We Are Looking Forward To – April 2017

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Once again, there are lots of good books coming out this month!

Unfortunately our provincial government just made huge cuts to the library budget which means we are going to have significantly less access to books. *tears*

But, we aren’t going down without a fight! Taking cue from my inner Kathleen Kelly, we are going to the mattresses!

Are there any books coming out in April you are looking forward to?

Picture Books Published in April we are Looking Forward to Reading

BOOKS WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO
APRIL 2017

 

The Pout-Pout Fish, Far, Far from Home

The Pout-Pout Fish, Far, Far from Home

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Mr. Fish has prepped and packed, And he’s made big plans to roam. He’s ready for adventure On his trip away from home! But sometimes trips have detours And not everything goes right. Without his favorite toy, Can he fall asleep at night? Swim along with Mr. Fish as he explores new places and meets new friends in THE POUT-POUT FISH, FAR, FAR FROM HOME. He might just learn that a few bumps along the way are all part of the journey. CHECK CURRENT PRICE More info →

 

Touch the Earth

Touch the Earth

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Jump aboard the White Feather Flier, a magical plane that can go wherever you want. Just press a button printed on the page, and point the plane up in the air to fly, or down to land it. The Flier’s mission is to transport readers around the world, to engage them in helping to save the environment, and to teach one and all to love our planet. Fly to the top of a mountain. Send clean water to thirsty people. Dive deep into the ocean (the Flier turns into a submarine!) to pick up pollution and bring back the fish. Explore the planet, meet new people, and help make the world a better place. An inspiring, lyrical story, rooted in Lennon’s life and work, with beautiful illustrations that bring the faraway world closer to young children. CHECK CURRENT PRICE More info →

 

The Banana-Leaf Ball: How Play Can Change the World

The Banana-Leaf Ball: How Play Can Change the World

Separated from his family when they were forced to flee their home, a young East African boy named Deo lives alone in the Lukole refugee camp in Tanzania. With scarce resources at the camp, bullies have formed gangs to steal what they can, and a leader named Remy has begun targeting Deo. Then one day a coach gathers all the children to play soccer. Though Deo loves soccer and has even made his own ball out of banana leaves, he's unsure at first about joining in when he sees Remy on the field. But as Deo and the other boys get drawn into the game, everything begins to change. Their shared joy in playing provides the children --- including Remy --- with a sense of belonging. Ball by ball, practice by practice, children who were once afraid of each other laugh together, the book explains, and no one feels so alone anymore. Based on a true story, Katie Smith Milway's inspiring tale shows how a desperate situation can be improved by finding common ground through play. It provides a perfect starting point for discussing the social justice issues surrounding the growing number of refugees worldwide. Award-winning Shane W. Evans's artwork powerfully and poignantly personalizes for children the experience of refugees. Furthermore, the book examines the value of using sports to build pro-social behavior, particularly as it relates to bullying. By depicting characters who change and evolve over the course of the story, kids of all backgrounds and experiences will find something positive to relate to. The back matter contains information about the real Deo, instructions for games that build trust and inclusion through play, and suggestions for how to support play-based nonprofit organizations. CHECK CURRENT PRICE More info →

 

The Last Tree

The Last Tree

Author:
A small boy longed to roll and play in the grass like his father had when he was a child. But the boy lived in a concrete city without any grass or trees. Instead, they had roads, walls and lots of other ugly things. Then one day the boy and his friend discovered a sapling hiding behind a low wall. The boy had never seen a tree before. He was so amazed, he dreamed about the tree. I imagined it tall. Huge, even. And majestic, he says. So when they heard that a condominium was being built right on the spot where their tree was growing, the friends knew they had to dig it up and replant it in a safe place. They had to make sure the last tree survived. CHECK CURRENT PRICE More info →

 

Mr. Postmouse Takes a Trip

Mr. Postmouse Takes a Trip

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The post office is closed, and that means it's time for Mr. Postmouse and his family to take a vacation. Of course, he'll need to bring along a few parcels --- a postmouse's rounds are never done!? --- as he and Mrs. Mouse, Milo, Lulu and Pip set off on an around-the-world tour. Doing whatever it takes to reach their destinations (including traveling by hot-air balloon, cruise ship and camel!), the intrepid mouse family treks from the forest to the sea, the desert to the ice field, finding adventure, new discoveries and animal friends at every far-flung stop. And all along the way, Mr. Postmouse never misses a delivery! CHECK CURRENT PRICE More info →

 

The Way Home in the Night

The Way Home in the Night

Author:
A mother rabbit and her young bunny are on their way home in the dark night. My mother carries me through the quiet streets, the bunny explains. Most of our neighbors are already home. The bunny can see their lights in the windows, and hear and smell what they might be doing: talking on the phone, pulling a pie out of the oven, having a party, saying goodbye. When they reach home, the father rabbit tucks the bunny into bed. But the bunny continues to wonder about the neighbors activities. Are the party guests saying goodnight? Is the person on the phone getting ready for bed? And what of the footsteps that can be heard in the street as the bunny falls asleep? Will she take the last train home? CHECK CURRENT PRICE More info →

 

Lines, Bars and Circles: How William Playfair Invented Graphs

Lines, Bars and Circles: How William Playfair Invented Graphs

Author:
Born in Scotland more than 250 years ago, William Playfair was a dreamer who saw the world differently from other people. Unfortunately, this difference sometimes got in the way of his success. Early on, as he attempted to apply his unique perspective to a series of career opportunities in order to gain riches! fame! glory! he instead suffered one failure after another. Then, while writing a book about economics, Will's innovative vision inspired an idea that would set him apart: he created the first modern line graph. Next came a bar graph and later a pie chart. These infographic inventions provided a way for numbers to be seen as pictures, which made them easier to understand and to remember --- and thus changed the way the world would interact with data forever. CHECK CURRENT PRICE More info →

 

Places to Be

Places to Be

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With an elegant simplicity, this picture book celebrates all our wide-ranging emotions—and the adventures that await us each day. We have so many places to be! Places to be loud and lovely and scared and jubilant. CHECK CURRENT PRICE More info →

 

This looks so cute, I can’t wait to read this one!

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors

Author:
You’ve played the game. Now read the legend of how it all began . . . Long ago, in an ancient and distant realm called the Kingdom of Backyard, there lived a warrior named ROCK. Meanwhile in the Empire of Mom’s Home Office, a second great warrior sought the glory of battle. And his name was PAPER. At the same time, in the Kitchen Realm, in the tiny village of Junk Drawer, lived a third warrior. They called her SCISSORS. These three were the strongest, smartest, and fastest in all the land. Time and again they beat the most fearsome opponents they could find: an apricot, a computer printer—even frozen, breaded, dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets! But when the warriors finally meet each other, the most epic round of battles begins . . . and never ends. That is why, to this day, children around the world honor these worthy adversaries by playing ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS! CHECK CURRENT PRICE More info →

 

We love Rosie Revere, I can’t wait to see the project book!

Rosie Revere’s Big Project Book for Bold Engineers

Rosie Revere’s Big Project Book for Bold Engineers

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Embark on an adventure of personal creativity and invention with fan favorite Rosie Revere! This activity book features art from the picture book Rosie Revere, Engineer and will inspire young readers with activities of all kinds. Kids will have the chance to design a better bicycle, build a simple catapult, construct a solar oven, and more! This empowering activity book will teach problem-solving and creative-thinking skills crucial to STEM fields while also providing opportunities for its readers to try new things and, sometimes, to fail. As the picture book so brilliantly showed hundreds of thousands of young readers, flops are an inevitable part of success and something to be celebrated rather than feared. CHECK CURRENT PRICE More info →

 

Night Night, Groot

Night Night, Groot

Author:
It's been a long day for baby Groot and he's ready to be tucked in for bed. Just as his eyes start to close, Rocket Raccoon bursts onto the scene! Groot can't go to sleep yet, there's a whole galaxy that needs to be defended and they must work together to save the day! Then maybe, just maybe, Groot will finally get the rest he deserves! CHECK CURRENT PRICE More info →

 

I’ve already shared seven books that teach kindness, but I may have to start another list soon!

The Jelly Donut Difference: Sharing Kindness with the World

The Jelly Donut Difference: Sharing Kindness with the World

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Leah and Dexter are brother and sister. They don’t always get along. In fact, there are times they can be downright mean to each other. The ooey, gooey jelly donuts in this story are a testament to the power of kindness, caring and generosity. Find out if Leah and Dexter will ever learn to get along! CHECK CURRENT PRICE More info →

Check out the rest of our book lists!

The Ultimate Book List Guide - Lists of Best Picture Books, Best Read Aloud Novels, Best Chapter Books, Best Classic Novels and More

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  • Take it to the mattresses! Love that movie. I think you might win too. These books look great. And thanks for the reminder about Rosie Revere – we haven’t read that one yet. Putting it on hold now!

    • Oooh, you’ll love Rosie Revere! Have you read Iggy Peck and Ada Twist? Those ones are great too.

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